When is a heap not a heap? No, this is isn't a trick question, or the setup to a lame joke. This question is at the crux of the paradox of the heap, which is also known as the sorites paradox. The paradox goes something like this: Imagine a heap of sand. Take away one grain of sand, and you'd probably still call it a heap. Keep taking away one grain of sand at a time. At what point is it no longer a heap? What is a heap anyway?! We don't even know anymore...
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Written by Curiosity Staff November 3, 2016
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